Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mandarin Orange Hot Cross Buns

With Easter just around the corner, I have planned on baking Hot Cross buns for our church 'Coffee Fellowship'. Then, it darned on me that I have so  many mandarin oranges.

Hmm.. and I saw this recipe on Orange Hot Cross Buns at Taste Of Home, I thought it sounds and looks interesting. Besides, I thought I could bake some of these and be able to participate in this month Little Thumbs Up with 'Orange' theme.

One Tangzhong Starter recipe. ( recipe does not use this )
3 mandarin oranges - squeeze the juice, and finely chopped up the orange peels.
6 1/2 cup flour
6 Tbs butter ( recipe uses 1/2 cup butter)
2 eggs (recipe uses 3 eggs)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup chopped dried cranberry ( recipe uses raisins)
1/2 cup sugar.

Mix flour, cinnamon, salt.
In a mixer and hook attachment, drop in yeast and warm water, let it stands for 5 mins, will be foamy.
Add in 1 cup flour and sugar, mix well.
Add in butter and eggs, mix well.
Add in another cup of flour, mix well.
Add all the Tangzhong to mixture, mix well.
Alternatvely add in flour and orange juice and mix well.
Gradually add in the rest of the flour and mix well.
Add in chooped orange peels and cranberries.
Mixture will be stiff, knead with hand for 2 to 4 minutes.

Fold dough into a ball, place in bowl and cover with a dry towel, let it stands for at least an hour. Dough will double in size.
Punch down dough, divide dough into 20 to 24 pieces.

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Ann from Anncoo Journal at this post.


The Little Thumbs Up event starts on first Tuesday of the month until the last day of the month. Please join us! To join, simply cook or bake any recipe with the theme of the month which is ORANGE for April 2014 and link with us at this post anytime until 30th April 2014.


  1. Hi Joanne,

    Instead of adding raisin and spices, your orange cranberry hot cross buns sound different and extra yummy!


    1. Thanks Zoe, I baked them for my church 'Coffee Fellowship', they were gone in minutes :)

  2. Hi Joanne, Thank you very much for joining this month LTU. Your hot cross buns look yummy with orange flavour. Thumbs up!